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Bradford City fire disaster: 30th anniversary commemoration

Published: Tue 25 Nov 2014
Bradford City fire disaster: 30th anniversary commemoration

A fundraising campaign for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford is launched as part of the build-up to the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Bradford City fire disaster.

On 11 May 1985, 56 people lost their lives in a fire at Valley Parade during Bradford City's match against Lincoln City.

Another 258 supporters were injured, many with serious burns.

The Remembrance Panel of the Bradford City Supporters Board has announced plans for the official 30th anniversary commemorations to take place next year, and a website has been launched to bring together details of events and fundraising activities.

Events include:

  • A service of civic remembrance in Centenary Square, Bradford, on 11 May 2015
  • A minute's silence before Bradford City's last home game of the season on 25 April
  • Bucket collection for the PBSRU at the same game

'Forever remembered'

Premier League chairman Peter McCormick says: "The Bradford fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football.

"It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.

"All Premier League clubs have agreed to observe a minute's silence on 25 April 2015 in solidarity with Bradford City FC as they prepare to play their last home game of the season.

"In addition the Premier League will help the fundraising for the Club's chosen charity, the University of Bradford Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit, beginning with a donation of £25,000."

The PBSRU was founded in the aftermath of the fire by Professor David Sharpe, who treated many of the injured supporters. 

Mark Lawn, co-chairman of Bradford City FC, says: "I am extremely pleased Bradford City FC has helped to fund the PSBRU through the supporters raising money.

"This has been enough over the years to help maintain and exceed the standards coming from the Unit.

"I am personally delighted that the FA, Football League and Premier League have got involved, and I would like to thank in advance other football clubs and their supporter swho raise funds for the PSBRU."

For more information visit http://fire-anniversary.brad.ac.uk/ or contact the Bradford City Supporters Board's Remembrance Panel: info@bcfcsupportersboard.co.uk.

 

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